Feronia from Paris

First class agate cameo in gold, France circa 1860

Rarely are superlatives as appropriate as in the case of this agate cameo from 19th century Paris. The present brooch is set with a hand-engraved and very sculptural layer stone cameo of almost unparalleled beauty and quality. It is a work with the profile of an ancient goddess, the ivy-wreathed Feronia. This rarely depicted Etruscan goddess, whom the Romans worshipped under the name Iuno Feronia, was a goddess of spring and fertility. The cameo from around 1860 is particularly finely engraved and raised, the head of the goddess exceptionally vivid and richly detailed - and this in agate, which is so difficult to work with! The profile portrait to the right is rich in every detail, her facial expression natural, her robe, an antique peblos lovingly worked out, her curls rendered by master hand in every strand. The two layers of the gemstone are a single piece of precious stone, with the upper white layer engraved in such a way that only the portrait remained, standing out in consequence against the dark ground of the background. Stone carvings of this quality are exceedingly rare. The present gem was set in gold in France, as evidenced by the gold stamp, and was probably made in France. Numerous lapidaries from Idar-Oberstein in southern Germany worked in Paris at this time and created precious little works of art like this one.

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